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archiveApril 2019

Maricopa County Fire Ban in Effect May 1

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is implementing its annual fire ban earlier than usual this year.  Starting May 1, the use of campfires, charcoal grills and fire pits will not be allowed at camping sites and recreation areas within ...

New ADOT Hotline Makes Litter Reporting Easier

From our friends at the Arizona Department of Transportation: The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Litter Hotline has a new online home that makes it even easier for the public to report drivers who throw trash out of vehicles on state highways. ...

Drug Courts in Mississippi

What are drug courts? How do they operate in the state of Mississippi? A complete guide to state laws and eligibility requirements for Mississippi’s drug courts here.

Arizona State Parks Partnering With Google

People preparing to hike in state parks across Arizona soon will be able to check out the route before they ever hit the trail. Arizona State Parks and Trails says it's working with Google to capture footage of more than 175 miles of trails in state pa...

Xanax Detection Timelines (INFOGRAPHIC)

If you are expecting a drug test for Xanax or alprazolam, this infographic is for you. We outline detection times for Xanax in urine, blood, hair and saliva. Plus, factors that influence it.

Cocoknits Paulina ~ My Very First Sweater

I'm feeling rather giddy today. I've always admired those that can sit down with a ball of yarn, work their magic, and end up with a beautiful sweater to be cozied up into. Over the years I've daydreamed of nonchalantly knitting away whilst chatting wi...

Horseshoe Bend Implements Parking Fee

Horseshoe Bend has implemented an entry fee for the first time. The attraction, near Page, brings hundreds of tourists from around the world. Recent social media photos have played a big role in the growing popularity for the area. In 2017, more than 1...

Methadone Clinics in Texas

Methadone clinics in Texas provide methadone and counseling. Learn about the laws and regulations that govern the use of methadone and how to access this life-saving medication here.

In Alabama, Impairment Assigned by Doctor Just a Factor Judges Consider When Assigning Physical Disability

On April 19, 2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Tuscaloosa County v. Chaka Beville. In Beville, the employee sought benefits for a wrist injury. The authorized treating physician assigned a 4% left upper extremity impairment. The basis of the doctor’s assigned impairment was decreased joint mobility, increased stiffness, and limited grip strength. Loss of grip strength was not considered since it was expected to improve over time. After a trial on the merits, the trial court awarded the employee a 60% physical disability to the arm. Although the employer argued on appeal that the trial court abused its discretion by awarding a physical disability that was fifteen times the impairment rating assigned by the doctor, the Court of Appeals determined that there was substantial evidence to support the verdict. My Two Cents Although the doctor did not offer any impairment rating to the hand, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act makes it pretty clear that the scheduled number of weeks for the hand is the appropriate measure for a wrist injury. In both 25-5-1(12) (definitions) and 25-5-57(a)(3)15 (schedule) it states that an amputation between the elbow and the wrist should be considered the equivalent to the loss of a hand. If you are facing the possibility of a multiplier of 15 or higher, you may be better off arguing the hand over the arm since there is no corresponding impairment rating from a doctor.

Arizona Snowbowl Extends Season

Arizona Snowbowl has announced it's extending its ski and snowboard season into May. As of now, the park plans to be open next weekend (May 3-5) and has not announced an official closing date.  This season is ranked as Snowbowl's second-highe...
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